Gay couples who sued New Jersey for the right to marry once before are taking their case back to court.
Six couples plus the surviving partner from a seventh filed a motion Thursday claiming the state continues to discriminate against them even though it offers civil unions to same-sex couples.
The original suit, filed in 2002, resulted in a 2006 New Jersey Supreme Court decision that came one vote short of requiring the state to legalize gay matrimony. After an effort to get lawmakers to legalize gay marriage, the effort fizzled out.
Opponents say that there's no constitutional right for gay couples to wed and that civil unions are working.
Gay marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
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